Mary Hughes Lord, quilt maker
|Mary Hughes Lord's undated description of her own quilt-
This quilt was made in Nashville, Tenn. I began just before the
Civil War, the day Tenn seceded I stitched the U.S. Flag in the center
of the quilt, my father being a loyal man he had to leave home or
be forced in the Confederate service, I carried the quilt through
the rebel lines to the federal to Cincinnati we remained in Cincinnati
until the fall of Fort Donelson then we returned home to Nashville.
After the battle of Stone River Gen'l Rosecrans suggested I make an
autograph quilt of it & at his headquaters (sic) his was the first
name placed in the flag and the second was James A. Garfield and most
of his Staff Officers names were placed around the flag. Gen'l Winfield
Scott in 1863 at West Point wrote his name. I was visiting my Brother
who was a Cadet at the Point. Then Abraham Lincoln 1863 his son Robert
Lincoln in 1881. P.H. Sheridan U.S. Grant Brig Gen'l L. Thomas Adjt
Gen'l U.S.A. Maj Gen'l George H. Thomas Benj F Butler Chester A. Arthur.
S H Wilson. Gen H.W. Blair W.T. Sherman J. St. Clair Morton. Jas McLear
Horace Maynard. Col Bowman Supt West Point 1863. Jas S Negley. A McDowell
McCook J.A. Garfield Chief of Staff. Jas McKibben. Col Arthur Ducat.
C. G. Harker. W.W. Averill Wm McKinley. Nelson N. Miles. Leland Stanford.
Theodore Roosevelt. Sen Jos R. Hawley. This quilt was saluted by 20000
troops at the funeral of Pres Lincoln. hung over the East door of
the rotunda when Pres Garfield's body lay in State, has been hung
out at different Inaugurations. It has the line of Genl's & Lt Gen'ls.
It has other names but these are the most prominent ......
|Division of Social History, Textiles
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution